These glow in the dark melted bead suncatchers are so much fun! This craft is so easy to make and the results are pretty cool. They look great hanging in the window, and they look even more awesome in the dark when they glow!
Just make sure you bake these outside – Whether it’s on your barbecue, or whether you take your toaster oven outside. Don’t bake them in the house. The plastic vapours that come out when the beads melt are really strong. And I’m not an expert, but I’m guessing the vapours aren’t overly safe to breathe, so I’ve always taken our old toaster oven outside onto our front porch so that there’s plenty of fresh air.
I’ll be out on the front porch with my oven mitt in one hand and my camera in the other hand, squatting in front of the toaster oven, just watching in anticipation for 10 minutes. I’m sure it’s quite a sight for the neighbours!! haha
There’s something so relaxing about filling the cookie cutters with the beads! I love that the glow in the dark beads are translucent, rather than transparent, so when you hang them in the window they don’t disappear like the ones made with transparent beads.
Charge them up with a flashlight (my husband likes to use the flashlight on his iPhone), then turn out the lights – all the lights – like all glow in the dark crafts, you need a really dark room to see them glow. They’re super cute and a great way to decorate for Halloween!
Glow in the Dark Melted Bead Suncatchers for Halloween
Here’s what you’ll need. The affiliate links below will take you to the exact products on Amazon that I ordered for this craft:
Hopefully it goes without saying, but make sure you use metal cookie cutters for this craft. You don’t want your cookie cutters melting in the toaster oven when you melt the beads.
I found these adorable cookie cutters on Amazon. The link to the exact cookie cutters I used is in the list above. They are about 3″ (75mm) across. You don’t want to use cookie cutters that are too small, or you won’t be able to fit the beads inside. On the other hand, you may not want to use really large cookie cutters or it will take a ton of beads to fill them up.
I also ordered these glow in the dark pony beads from Amazon (exact link is in the list above). They are orange, white, yellow, green, pink and purple.
Line a pan with aluminum foil. I traced the bottom of my pan on the aluminum foil and cut it out so it fit exactly inside. You want the foil to be flat, otherwise whatever creases are in the foil will show up under your melted beads.
Add the beads into the cookie cutter, filling the cookie cutter up as much as you can. Don’t worry if some of the beads are sideways – when they melt they’ll flatten out. Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to move the beads around inside the cookie cutter if you need to.
Just make sure you only have one layer of beads (ie no beads on top of other beads), otherwise they won’t melt properly.
As I said above, I definitely recommend melting your beads outside. So here’s our toaster oven sitting on the front porch where there’s lots of fresh air.
I set our toaster oven to bake at 450F using both the top and bottom elements. It took about 10 minutes for the beads to melt completely. When I made these in the winter, it took 11 minutes, so the time will depend on how hot or cold it is where you live.
I didn’t bother preheating the toaster oven. I put the pan into the toaster oven when it was cold, then I turned it on with the beads inside to cook for 10 minutes total.
Bake the beads until they completely melt. It could take 8 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove them when they look melted and liquid like. Don’t bake it so long that the plastic starts to bubble or else you’ll ruin your cookie cutters.
I let mine cool on the counter for about 15 to 20 minutes. When they are completely cool and hardened, gently pull the cookie cutter edges away from the shape and push them out of the cookie cutters.
Maybe these cookie cutters weren’t as good quality as the copper ones I used when I made the melted bead ornaments at Christmas, because a little bit of plastic leaked out underneath the cookie cutters. Not a crazy amount or anything, it was just a little bit harder to remove them. I got all the shapes out of the cookie cutters without too much trouble and without breaking any of the shapes, so I was happy!
Aren’t they cute!? Even though the colours are sort of pastel, they still look awesome for Halloween!
And when you hold them up to the window, the light shines through.
My 6 year old and 8 year old had lots of fun filling the cookie cutters with beads to make their shapes. They even had a flashlight out to make sure they glow in the dark.
Here’s another look at the before and after:
We wanted to hang ours in the window so I used a 1/8″ drill bit to drill a hole through each one and then I tied white thread through the hole to hang them from.
So here they are in the light:
And here they are in the dark. They definitely glow in the dark, but they are only this bright for about a second before they start getting dim. They are bright enough that you’ll be able to see them in the window at night, but only when all the lights are out and it’s completely dark.
It definitely helps to charge them up with a bright light before you turn out the lights.
- Glow in the Dark Pony Beads
- Halloween Cookie Cutters
- White Thread
- Arrange your cookie cutters on a flat pan lined with aluminum foil.
- Add some pony beads into each cookie cutter until the shape is completely full. It's okay if some of the beads are sideways, but make sure there is only one layer of beads and that there are none on top of each other.
- Take your toaster oven outside (or use your barbecue). Place the pan into a cold toaster oven then bake at 450F for 8 to 12 minutes. (Mine took 10 minutes on a warm day. I also set my toaster oven to bake using both the top and bottom elements.)
- Remove the pan from the toaster oven when the beads have completely melted, but before they start to bubble.
- Let the pan cool on the counter for about 15 to 20 minutes until the plastic has hardened.
- Gently pull the edges of the cookie cutter away from the plastic and carefully push out each shape.
- Using a ⅛ inch drill bit, drill a hole through each of the ornaments.
- Tie a short piece of thread onto each of the suncatchers and hang them in the window.
These glow in the dark melted bead suncatchers for Halloween are SO MUCH FUN! This is such a fun Halloween craft for kids! They are really simple to make and they look amazing hanging in the window, especially at night!
If you’re looking for more fun glow in the dark Halloween projects, be sure to check out our tutorial for making glow in the dark pumpkins. These are pretty easy to make and they’re so much fun!
Or if you want to see the original melted bead ornaments we made for Christmas, you can check out that post here: